The President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in his 23rd update on measures taken against the spread of coronavirus on Sunday, 31st January 2021 tasked school authorities and teachers to enforce the guidelines provided by the Ghana Education Service (GES) following a surge in the cov!d-19 active cases in the country.
According to him, he has noted that since the reopening of schools only few cov!d-19 cases have been reported amongst students. He has therefore appealed to all teachers and school authorities to enforce the guidelines provided by GES.
“I note that, since the re-opening of our schools, two weeks ago, we have witnessed only few reports of cases amongst students. I appeal to school authorities and teachers to enforce the guidelines provided by the Ghana Education Service, and I urge the Ghana Health Service to continue their surveillance at the schools, so we can contain any reported case”, he stated.
The president took steps to curtail the spread of the pandemic by closing all schools on March 16, 2020. According to the Ghana Education Service (GES) statistics, the closure of schools affected approximately 9.2 million pre-tertiary learners and about 500,000 educational workers.
The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communication were however charged to ensure distance and remote learning to enhance physical distancing and avoid overcrowding. In June 2020, the president started easing restrictions and began a phased reopening of schools for the 2019/2020 academic year.
The First Gentleman of the Republic on January 2021 reopened schools for the 2021 academic year with all levels of students returning to school. He therefore directed that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and spraying should be for all educational institutions (public or private).
The GES developed comprehensive guidelines to help flatten the pandemic curve after the president in an update took a decision to reopen schools. According to the service these guidelines were made available to all schools, district offices, and regional education offices.
Additionally, the Ghana Education Service introduced recovery learning guidelines to help teachers and staff support learners with learning losses and other health-related issues including guidance and counseling as well as organizing back-to-school campaigns to enable to ensure learners return to school after a long stay in their homes.
The Director-General of GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwah in a press briefing on Thursday 28th January 2021 indicated that 10 million face masks with other relevant PPE has been distributed to all schools across the country. This according to him to enhances the preventive measures against the novel virus.